7/17/2014 3:00:00 PM Pacer Archery Team caps first
year with berth in Worlds
Members of the Switzerland County Archery team participated recently in the World Tournament in Madison, Wisconsin. Team members included, front row, from left: Brittney Jones, Lauren Smith, Audrey Kinne, Cameron Ray, Adeli Kinne, Eli Bowling, and Emma Dornbusch. Back row: Tyler Yeary, Brad Rickett, Devin Harris, Dalton Wilhoite, Drew Hewitt, Matt Roland, Kyle Konkle, Douglas Ray, Coach Kyle Woolston, and Elizabeth DeSonia. Also participating, but not available when the photo was taken, was Austin Goedl. Photo provided.
This is the first year that Switzerland County High School has offered an Archery Team for its students.
Wow, what a first year.
Under the direction of coach Kyle Woolston, 17 team members returned this past weekend from participating in the 'National Archery in the School Program' (NASP) World Tournament held at the University of Wisconsin.
"There were representatives from 38 states and three countries," Kyle Woolston said. "Everyone comes together to compete through the National tournament, which was held in March. There were a little over 2,500 archers at the Worlds."
NASP started in Kentucky in 2001 as a combined effort of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Department of Education. From there, Kyle Woolston said that the program "has spread like fire" around the country.
This being the first year that Switzerland County has had a team, there was a lot of learning to do along the way.
"We started in November of last year with practice, and our goal at that time, we knew there was a state tournament, and we wanted to qualify for state," Coach Woolston said. "There are open invitational tournaments that you can go and shoot at, and we went to Greensburg in January and then we went to the state qualifier which was held at Milan. We also hosted two invitationals ourselves."
Kyle Woolston said that qualifying for the state tournament is based on a team score. Each team is allowed to have 24 archers participate, and the team score includes the 12 highest scores recorded, with at least four of those scores having to be the minority gender; usually girls but could be boys on a predominantly female team. For Switzerland County, it was the eight top boys' scores and the four top girls' scores.
"At the beginning of the year, there was a time when the girls were disappointed that they were not doing as well as the boys, but I told them there was going to be a time when the girls were going to catch them, and that time came at the National and World tournaments," the coach laughed.
The team qualified for the state meet with an outstanding performance at the Milan invitational.
The state tournament was held in March, and another outstanding performance there landed the team a spot in the National tournament, which was held in Louisville in May.
It was at that tournament that the Pacer squad shot a score which qualified them for the World Tournament.
In a competition, each archer step to a line 10-meters from the target, which is a standard 80-centimeter bullseye target. After one practice round, the participant then shoots three sets of five arrows each from 10-meters.
Once that is complete, the archer moves back to a line 15-meters from the target and shoots a practice round, followed again by three sets of five arrows.
A total score is then recorded. A bullseye is 10-points, and a perfect score for the 30 arrows is a 300 - and that's nearly impossible to earn. There has never been a 300 score shot at the national tournament.
"This being our first year, we were told that a good score was as long as the kids were shooting in the 240 to 250 range," Kyle Woolston said. "Our high score this year was a 292, so it was kind of an eye opening experience. Austin Goedl at the World tournament shot a 282, which was very respectable."
The coach also said that the sport allows for students who have archery experience as well as those who have no archery experience. The school owns some bows that students can use in competitions, or athletes are allowed to use their own.
Kyle Woolston said that the team members did fundraisers to help cover the expenses involved in traveling to the Worlds. There were also some private sponsorships, and the team received a grant from the Vevay-Switzerland County Foundation to help cover the cost of the hotels and registration fees.
"The support of the community and the donors was fantastic," Kyle Woolston said. "Some of the kids were worried that they wouldn't be able to go because of the money, but the community really came through."
Overall, the Switzerland County team finished 35th in the World Tournament, shooting a team score of 3,111.
Individual team scores included:
Austin Goedl, 282; Kyle Konkle, 270; Lauren Smith, 266; Devin Harris, 262; Drew Hewitt, 261; Tyler Yeary, 259; Dalton Wilhoite, 254; Matt Roland, 254; Brittney Jones, 252; Audrey Kinne, 251; Emma Dornbusch, 251; and Eli Bowling.
Also participating in the Worlds were: Brad Rickett, 247; Elizabeth DeSonia, 245; Douglas Ray, 241; Adeli Kinne, 231; and Cameron Ray, 222.